guard hair


Definition of guard hair

: one of the usually long coarse hairs forming a protective coating over the undercoat of a mammal

Examples of guard hair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Llamas have two coats: thick guard hair that’s used for ropes and soft down that’s good for spinning into yarn. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Feb. 2021 In the hybrids, however, Tibetan antelope guard hairs may also be hard to find. National Geographic, 24 Apr. 2019 Usually officials look for guard hairs, the long, crinkly hairs that keep Tibetan antelope dry in the wild. National Geographic, 24 Apr. 2019 No guard hairs were apparent to the naked eye, perhaps because of the preponderance of pashmina in the weave. National Geographic, 24 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of guard hair

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Guard hair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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